The Two Caroles and Leadership Intrigue in BC
Apparently in my search for leadership issues, intrigue and drama, I was looking towards the wrong Carole. After listening to her caucus colleagues, one can see that Carole James has her caucus all singing from the same song sheet whereas, former Minister of Finance, now private citizen, Carole Taylor is the one we should be watching.
All the seemingly impotent rage that people are expressing by joining Facebook groups and signing petitions against the HST may yet take its toll on Premier Campbell and his two closest allies, Minister of Finance, Colin Hansen and Minister of Health Services, Kevin Falcon. Both of these ministers would have been considered front runners in a BC Liberal leadership contest. However, their involvement with the HST and exploding deficit may in fact thwart their leadership ambitions.
Enter Carole Taylor. Gary Mason, in the Globe and Mail, muses about her electability in BC. Taylor may in fact be the modern day version of Grace McCarthy. If we cast our thoughts back to a time long ago, recall how Grace McCarthy, who along with the son of WAC Bennett, young Bill Bennett, salvaged the Social Credit Party and returned them to glory and power. Is this going to be Carole Taylor’s role? The saviour of the BC Liberal brand?
Carole Taylor is untainted by the HST or in fact anything the current BC Liberal government has touched. She can remind the party faithful how she was the one who brought labour peace between the public sector unions and the government. She is the one who balanced the budget and paid down the public debt while bringing that labour peace…unlike the current Minister of Finance.
And then add in the unresolved political ambitions of talk radio host, former Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Christy Clark and the intrigue gets even better. Best to stay tuned for more on this story.